About The Center
Kansas State University's Center on Aging coordinates and develops educational and training programs in aging, stimulates aging research, coordinates outreach activities, and serves as a referral center for information on aging resources in Kansas. The Center on Aging faculty addresses general issues of aging and seeks solutions to the challenges of aging. Undergraduate students may work toward an emphasis in gerontology regardless of their primary major or discipline. Graduate students can apply for a graduate certificate or masters in gerontology. Most of the courses are offered by faculty in disciplinary departments throughout the university.
To provide a focus on aging issues through teaching, research, outreach and service that orients the talents of the faculty and the resources of the university toward identifying and addressing the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.
In 1975 the Kansas Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Center on Aging at K-State. Dr. Richard L.D. Morse was appointed as the first director. Between 1975-1991 the Center appointed George Peters as the next director, and the secondary major in gerontology and the long term care administration programs were approved and established as undergraduate programs. Because of its interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, the Center on Aging was administratively positioned under the graduate school. In 1992 the governance of the Center on Aging was transferred from the Graduate School to a Board of Deans which included Architecture, Arts & Sciences, and Human Ecology and Dr. Lyn Norris-Baker was appointed as director. The governance of the Center on Aging was transferred permanently to the College of Human Ecology in 2002 (now the College of Health and Human Sciences). Since 2002 our staffing has increased from three to our current twelve full and part time staff. Gayle Doll was named Interim Director in 2004 and as permanent Director in 2007. The online Masters in Gerontology and the online graduate Certificate in Gerontology, a part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, began accepting students in the fall semester of 2003. Currently the Center on Aging has over 200 students in the undergraduate programs and around 30 students in the online graduate degree and certificate programs.